More likely than not, former UGA wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell be among the 255 players to hear their name called during the 2016 NFL Draft, which takes place in Chicago this week. But Mitchell is probably the only potential draftee who has authored a children’s book.
The former Bulldogs star sat down with talk show host Steve Harvey on his show to discuss his journey from the football field, to a local book club, to published author.
It started, Mitchell says, when he met an older woman carrying four or five books at the library. The woman would later introduce Mitchell to her book club and the rest is history.
“My eyes lit up,” Mitchell told Harvey about the encounter. “You are who you hang around, so if I hang around a bunch of readers guess what’s going to happen to me?”
Mitchell’s book — “The Magician’s Hat” — was released for sale in August. In the book, a magician named David explores the magical power of books, “which can explore dreams and develop creativity,” Mitchell’s website says.
In addition to his football pursuits, Mitchell — who is projected to be a third or fourth-round pick — wants to continue to motivate children off the field.
“You can be whatever you want to be,” Mitchell said about his message for youth. “You can accomplish any goal you visualize for yourself. Every time you open up a book and flip a page, you’re getting a step closer.”
The full interview will air this Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET.